The meeting of the Fourth Group of European Citizens begins this afternoon to discuss and present its recommendations to the Plenary Session of the Conference on the Future of Europe on “The EU in the World / Immigration”. This is the third and final meeting of the Group, which will take place in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and will last all weekend.
The members of the Group have already met (online) twice in 2021 to discuss “EU in the World / Immigration” issues (in Strasbourg in October 2021 and online in November). During their first meeting, the participants identified five “work units”, on which they will move and their proposals-recommendations that will be discussed this weekend: “autonomy and stability”, “the EU as an international partner”, ” a strong EU in a peaceful world “,” migration from a human perspective “and” responsibility and solidarity across the EU “.
The recommendations, which will be finalized on Sunday 13 February, will be discussed at the plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe on 11-12 March.
The meetings of the Group members will take place at the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht and Studio Europa Maastricht and will be broadcast live on the Multilingual Digital Platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe, as well as through the European Multimedia Center (Friday) ), where the relevant video recording of them will be available.
The European Citizens’ Groups
European Citizens’ Groups are a key pillar of the Conference on the Future of Europe. Since the beginning of the Conference, four Citizens’ Groups have been formed, each consisting of 200 European citizens, randomly selected from the 27 Member States. The Groups reflect the diversity of the EU: geographical origin (citizenship and urban / rural environment), gender, age, socio-economic background and level of education. Each group consists of at least one female and one male citizen per Member State and one third of each group consists of young people, aged 16 to 25. The Groups also collect contributions through the multilingual digital platform and then submit the recommendations to the Plenary of the Conference, which will submit its own -completely- proposals and recommendations to the Joint Presidency. Subsequently, the three EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission and Council), as committed, will each follow their own responsibilities.
On 21-22 January, the plenary of the Conference proceeded with the first report of the recommendations made by the European Citizens ‘Groups and National Citizens’ Groups on “European Democracy / Values and Rights, Rule of Law, Security” and “Climate Change, Environment” /health”.
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